West Mills Cemetery

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West Mills Cemetery

Location
Seward County, Nebraska, USA
Memorials 33 added (94% photographed)

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This small cemetery began as a family burial site in the West family, the first permanent settlement in Seward County, Nebraska. Tom West, his son Tommy and son-in-law Orin Johnson, plus Tom's brother James and their families were heading west in 1859 to look for gold. When told by returning pilgrims that there was none to be found, the family headed south, crossing the Platte River at Shinn's Ferry. Following Indian trials along the Big Blue River, they settled where a Military cut-off trail crossed into then "Greene County". The settlement, established in June 1859, served as a supply store for others traveling west. In 1862, the Wests built a dam and saw mill at that location, thus "West Mills." In 1864 it was converted to a grist mill- the first one in Seward County. A post office established in 1868 was discontinued in 1884. While the West family established the first permanent settlement, no plat or organized town was ever filed. Only the cemetery remains at that location- west of Highway 6 at Rokeby Road, then to the top of the hill.

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GPS Coordinates: 40.7178, -97.1294

  • Added: 2 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #101613